Bicycling on the Outer Banks, NC
These map shows the network of bicycle facilities including wide paved shoulders, multi-use paths on separate alignments, and sidepaths adjacent to the road that NCDOT has built in conjunction with local municipalities on the Outer Banks to increase safety and the overall enjoyment for bicyclists. This map also features three signed routes made up of two county routes and a portion of the Mountains to Sea cross-state bicycling highway, all totaling 63 miles. The routes connect the towns and points of interest in this beautiful coastal county along the Northern Outer Banks, and provide access to the numerous shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities.
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In North Carolina, the bicycle has the legal status of a vehicle. This means that bicyclists have full rights and responsibilities on the roadway and are subject to the regulations governing the operation of a motor vehicle.
North Carolina traffic laws require bicyclists to:
- Ride on the right in the same direction as other traffic
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Use hand signals to communicate intended movements
- Equip their bicycles with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 200 feet when riding at night.
- Wear a bicycle helmet on public roads, public paths and public rights-of-way if the bicyclists is under 16 years old
- Secure child passengers in a child seat or bicycle trailer if under 40 pounds or 40 inches
NC Driver’s Handbook (See Bicycles in Chapter 6)